Just as sexy as chocolate spilling out of a lava cake, this molten dulce de leche brings a whole new flavor profile to the delicious dessert.
By Michelle Rose
When I was in France, I adored the simple and elegant Moelleux au Chocolat or molten chocolate cake. If it was on the menu, it was getting devoured by me. That first cut when the chocolate just oozes out of the cake is one of the sexiest things you will ever see. While traveling through Spain there was something else that began to vie for my affections. Dulce de Leche! How could something taste both like milk and caramel at the same time. Then it hit me! What if I take my beloved moelleux au chocolat and fill it with this beautiful milky caramel spread. I tried both a vanilla and chocolate version when experimenting with the recipe. While incredibly delicious inside a chocolate cake (and a bit of sea salt), the dulce de leche flavour really comes out inside of a vanilla cake. What’s really great about this recipe is it’s incredibly quick to prepare and make for unexpected guests, or when you’re just feeling like something sweet.
You can always buy prepared dulce de leche from the supermarket now, but making it yourself is super easy and much more cost effective. Simply simmer some cans of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water on the stove (pay attention to make sure there’s always enough water to keep the cans submerged) for 3 hours, or in a slow cooker if it’s more time effective for you. Either way it’s way too simple to do yourself to justify spending twice as much buying it prepared.
- 113g (1/4 stick) butter, melted
- 260g (1 cup) dulce de leche, slightly warm
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ⅛ salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 31g (1/4 cup) Flour
- Preheat oven to 425F. Butter and flour 8 ramekins and transfer to a baking sheet
- Whisk together dulce de leche and butter, set aside. Sift salt, cinnamon and flour and set aside
- Whip eggs, yolks and sugar until doubled in volume and can hold a ribbon of mixture without disappearing quickly.
- Add dulce de leche and whip until combined. Slowly add dry ingredients and vanilla and whisk to combine
- Divide batter among the ramekins almost to the top. Leave about 1 cm from the top
- Bake cakes until golden brown but still jiggle in the middle, about 12-14 minutes
- Run a knife along the edge of the ramekin to loosen and invert onto plate.
- Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or enjoy as is
After quitting her job, Michelle packed a bag and set off on a four year trip around the world. The one souvenir she brought back: a love of food and cooking. Taking a cooking class while traveling is the only thing that weighs nothing and stays with you forever. Returning home, she enrolled in the Pastry Arts program at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has worked in some of North Americas finest restaurants and pastry shops. She currently resides in Toronto where she chronicles her travels and recipes on her blog Sweet Escapes.